Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

My Flower book (4) June 28, 2009

bouquet floral arrangement 插花

       

 I made this bouquet with flowers left after the basket (See my flower book 3).

 

Ranunculus and snow-ball form an asymmetrical bouquet, like a dancer… 

 

 

ITIS Gallery June 24, 2009

The name of “ITIS Gallery” appeared with Christian Tortu when I searched in Google.

It is a Ukrainian lifestyle concept store (let’s call it like that, since “concept stores” are in vague in these days) which offers “not just a collection of interior items, but a special quality of life, individual style.” But this has nothing to do with Tortu, of course.

 

The famous French florist works with the gallery for their floristic division launched since 2005. “ITIS Gallery Home of Flowers is a unique brand in Ukrainian floristic market which represents well-defined style following well-famous French floristic school.” (I thought that the most famous floral art schools were in Holland…)

 

Any way, I find the idea interesting. Flowers and bouquets are bound to decorate interiors, and it is so natural to demonstrate flowers with furniture and design objects. Design and floral art, each improves the standing of the other. High end florist brands are rare even in a big capital like Paris, and there is only one Christian Tortu. I can imagine how the gallery is perceived in Ukraine as a prestigious French style place.

 

Besides, they edit also a lifestyle magazine called “Ya”, which can be qualified as “editorial communication” tool. It is also a way to promote Western European lifestyle, to educate consumers and to expand the brand’s name.

 

A good idea is 50% of the success.

 

Itis gallery flower

itis gallery romantic bouquet flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy ITIS Gallery

 

Floral designers (1): Christian Tortu June 21, 2009

Sensational bouquets by Christian tortuYes, I mention him everywhere and on a regular basis on my blog, he is really my idol of these days. Tortu is undoubtedly on of the most famous florists of XXth century in France, even in the world.

 

I just want to share some quaotations of this book “Sensational Bouquets” (“Au-delà des fleurs“, name of the French version) :

 

“A flower wilts, a life begins.

A flower can also be beautiful once it loses its petals.

It’s beautiful because it’s without pomp and artifice.

It is beautiful because it doesn’t suggest an end of a life, but the beginning of another one…

Beauty is a matter of seeing.”

“A bouquet is like a reflection of the soul. It takes shape through a natural act.

It announces the weather, reflects the mood of the moment, and expresses joy ans sorrow.

But the same bouquet will never be made from the same flowers.

It all depends on the hour, moment, place, and time.

A bouquet can do without motifs. It needs nothing more than what it already has.”

 

“Extreme simplicity is the peak of sophistication.

Whether round, square, angled or spindly, the bouquet has to reveal emotion, balance, and grace.

If it doesn’t, it is nothing. Without a soul, it doesn’t exist.”

 

My flower book (3) : gift basket

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

             I  arranged this basket of flowers for the dinner of a friend. He was invited by his Chinese professor. That is why I’ve chosen Peony as the principal flower in this bouquet. Peony is the symbole of wealth and power in China, and is also China’s national flower.

 

           I’ve put floral foam blocs in the basket and have plunged flowers in the moss. Normally if we water the blocs everyday, the flowers and last at least one week, like in a vase.

 

In this bouquet :

 

Paeonia : Peony / Pivoine / 牡丹

Ranunculus : Ranunculus / Renoncule / 毛莨

Viburnum : Snowball / Boule de neige, Viorne / 木绣球, 绣球荚迷

– Foliage / Feuillage / 绿叶

 

For those who are interested in making floral arrangements at home, I think it would be useful to compute the price of this creation (I’m in Paris and I bought the flowers in early May at a florist’s in the 16th arrondissement, which is rather expensive)

– Flowers: 70 €

– Basket: 15 €

– Floral foam: 5 €

 

My Flower Book (2) : Evolution of a bouquet

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

 

 

 

A bouquet is never still, it is always in movement and evoluates just like the nature. At each moment it changes the color, volume and form.

 

The 3 pictures of this bouquet were taken the first, the third and the fifth day after its creation.

It is composed of :

 

Lilium : Lily / Lys /百合

Freesia : Freesia / Frésia /小苍兰

Alstroemeria hybrida : Peruvian Lily /Alstromère, lis des Incas, lis du Pérou / 六出花,秘鲁百合

 
 

My flower book (1) June 1, 2009

 

 

In this series I’ll show some of my first floral arrangements.

I bought most of the flowers at Monceau Fleurs, a French franchise chain of florists positionned as economical and revolutionary. They have a foluma (not at every retalor) of 5 bunches for 10 euros. The flowers are not, of course, of the highest quality. They can last in average one week. But I really think it’s a good marketing operation which makes the chain competitive. As far as I’m concerned, I like choosing my 5 bunches in Sunday afternoon and taking my time to arrange a bouquet at home…

  

bouquet floral art arrangement 插花

bouquet floral art arrangement 插花

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Flowers in this bouquet:

 

Agapanthus : African Lily / Agapanthus / 百子莲

Brassica : Kale / Chou ornemental / 羽衣甘蓝(叶牡丹)

Matthiola incana : Stock / Giroflée / 紫罗兰

Eucalyptus : Eucalyptus / 桉树

Rosa : Rose / 玫瑰